According to a recent article by the Alliance of Independent Authors, indie authors (which is what self-publishing authors are) account for:
30-34% of all e-book sales in the largest English-language markets, depending on which source you read...
Independent authors also contribute much more to diversifying the publishing industry, an endemic issue that will never be addressed by depending on large publishers.
There are anecdotal reports of how self-publishing is diversifying the book-world, and it seems likely, but research is needed as are more own-voice authors and diverse characters across fiction.
Since I'm exclusively reading books by women, a personal favourite stat of mine from the article is:
that there is a gender split in self-publishing that is a mirror opposite to the publishing trade. A study by FicShelf found that 67 percent of top-ranking self-published titles were written by women, versus only 39 percent of the top traditionally published titles. Trade publishing favors male authors, but with self-publishing, women are able to build success for themselves.
This gives me a lovely warm feeling. :)
Along with science fiction, the fantasy genre consistently pushes boundaries and trends in books and stories.
And this why Self Published Fantasy Month is so important!
Each year in September, the #SelfPubFantasyMonth group run a month-long celebration highlighting the best of what the self-published fantasy community has to offer. Using blogs, reviews, videos, tweets, threads, and anything else that could help, fans of indie-authored fantasy books share their love!
While the event is primarily about simply reading a self-published fantasy book, there's so much more you can get involved in.
The #SPFMChallenge is perfect for those looking to Tweet or Instagram their reading progress.
The group have provided a
list of daily prompts to stir your imagination and put your picture crafting skills to the test.
1st–30th of September
- The Reluctant Hero
- LGBTQIA+ Love
- Elves and Dwarves and Orcs, Oh My!
- Let’s Hear it For Anthologies
- Your Gateway
- Magical Magic System
- The Lovely Villain
- Creature Feature
- Non-Western Setting
- Favorite Self-Pub
- Dynamic Duo
- The Waiting Evil
- POC by POC
- There Be Dragons About
- Here Comes The Cavalry
- I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying
- That Ship Has Sailed
- Who Dwells In These Woods?
- Leading Lady
- Little Bit O’ Horror
- Comfort Reads
- That’s Grim…
- All This Power!
Looks like fun, right?
Another activity is to read along together, sharing your thoughts, and loves for the same book.
This year, the Read Along title is The Thief Who Pulled On Trouble’s Braids by Michael McClung. This first book in the epic fantasy The Amra Thetys Series is available to buy DRM-free from Kobo.
You can find more about the read along, the daily challenges and much more to help support indie authors on the Self-Published Fantasy Month website.
Take a look and get reading!